New Jersey, United States
Alternative / Hard Rock
Kenneth Raftree attended his first rock concert at 11 years of age witnessing one of the great rock bands of his generation, AC/DC. After being captivated by the arena rock experience, he set his sites on playing guitar and never looked back. Today, Kenneth fronts his own band. As a vocalist, musician, songwriter, producer and engineer,
Kenneth collaborates with long time friend drummer and vocalist Vincent Livolsi to create a brilliant new experience in today’s rock culture.
To Highlight that experience, RAFTREE is proud to announce that guitarist Daniel Doderer and bassist Scott Jackson have become part of RAFTREE. Dan is a ferocious guitar player playing since the age of 10,. After building guitars for Kramer, he moved to Los Angles to play in Nations while being endorsed by MESA BOOGIE. Scott is one of the most articulate sought after bassists around. He adds the full rounded thunder and subtleties most bass players miss. Scott’s past and present credits include working at the Hit Factory and their affiliated companies. He managed Platinum Sound and has been playing since he was 12.
While performing live in clubs and venues in New Jersey and New York such as Starland Ballroom, Six Flags Great Adventure, Dexter’s, Axis Lounge, Dingbatz, Arlene’s Grocery, The Blue Room and The Metropolitan Lounge, they have been a featured artist on JerseyJam.com, WSOU’s Street Patrol, WRAT’s Jersey Rock Spotlight, WDHA’s Home Grown Spotlight and MUZAK’s collage ’08 compilation CD with Salvation. This latest self-titled four song EP has received rave reviews both locally and internationally. RAFTREE is a solid rock act that blends funk, metal and soul and has received critical acclaim such as:
“Raftree's soulful voice and heavy riffs work well against tasty lead guitar on songs like "Room" and the melodic single "Salvation", while "Missing" and “Eyes You Hide” are just all around solid heavy rock numbers with pounding rhythms and fiery guitar leads.”
- Pete Pardo, Publisher, Sea Of Tranquility
“Salvation a forceful song with elements of classic rock fused with everything including the kitchen sink under the guise of contemporary innovative rock! Absolutely brilliant!”
- Colin Lynch, Executive Director, International Online Magazine
“The songs on this EP have a very refreshing sound and the voice from Kenneth does remind me of a certain famous voice sometimes… he combines the different styles as if it’s just one style. There are not a lot of bands who can do that like Raftree.”
- Jeroen, Editor, Rock-E-Zine (Netherlands)
“"Missing" is a song that would deem a favorite slot on MTV's HeadBangers Ball as soon as the metal heads heard it. I can see air guitars rockin‚ and invisible drums slamming as the viewers put on their best "Bill and Ted" impressions. You guys will surely get a heaping spoonful of what Raftree is all about”
- Kristin Theckston, Staff Writer, BacStagePass.com
“Progressive metal comes in all forms and sometimes sounds the same, but Raftree is one of those bands that you can label as “progressive” but has a sound that is all their own”
- Derric Miller, Staff Writer, Hardrock Heaven.net
RAFTREE’s single Salvation is featured on The Best New Bands of 2007 compilation CD and they will be performing live throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
RAFTREE BAND P.O. Box 1431 Union, NJ 07083